February 2016 Monthly Luncheon

Judge McKittrick Discusses Bankruptcy & The Student Loan Crisis: February 18

Please join us for our monthly lunch on Thursday February 18th with the District of Oregon’s newest bankruptcy judge, Judge Peter McKittrick.  Judge McKittrick will offer reflections on bankruptcy trends in Oregon and a perspective on the critical topic of student loans in the world of bankruptcy: Is there relief on the horizon? Register now for this topical discussion.

When: Thursday February 18 at 12:00 pm

Where: Mark O Hatfield U.S. District Courthouse Jury Assembly Room

Cost: $10 for Members/Government Attorneys; $12 for nonmembers

Register now!

January 2016 Montly Luncheon

Chief Judge Aiken’s Last State of the Courts Address: January 21st

Please join us for our monthly lunch on Thursday January 21st.  Chief Judge Aiken will give the annual “State of the Courts” address providing an overview of the state of the federal District of Oregon.  As this is Judge Aiken’s final address as Chief Judge, she will offer a review not only of the past year, but an overview of her seven-year tenure as Chief Judge.  Register now for this essential event for Oregon’s federal practitioners.

When: Thursday January 21 at 12:00 pm

Where: Mark O Hatfield U.S. District Courthouse Jury Assembly Room

Cost: $10 for Members/Government Attorneys; $12 for nonmembers

Register now!

Pendleton CLE: November 17, 2017

Pendleton CLE: New Developments in Federal and State Court, Tribal Court Practice, and a Special Presentation by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken on Technology and Criminal Justice

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 1-5 pm.

Where: The CLE portion of the program will be held at the John F. Kilkenny United States Post Office and Courthouse at 104 S.W. Dorion, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. The social hour will be held at the Prodigal Son 230 SE Court Avenue, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.

Schedule: 1:00-1:30 pm CVB Presentation
1:30-2:30 pm Tribal Court Presentation
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-3:45 pm New Developments in Federal and State Court
3:45-4:45 pm Leveraging Technology to Improve the Criminal Justice System
5:00-6:00 pm Social Hour at the Prodigal Son

Cost: $20

The FBA is presenting a three-hour CLE on a variety of topics for state and federal practitioners. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Martin will present on issues related to Central Violations Bureau offenses specific to Eastern Oregon.

Judge William Johnson of the Umatilla Tribal Court and attorney Brent Leonard will discuss the creation and operation of an independent tribal court system, including staffing, codes, tribal laws, common law, and caseload. They will also discuss the implementation of, and practice under, the Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and other reservations across the country.

United States Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan, Umatilla and Morrow County Judge Lynn Hampton, and Union and Wallowa County Judge Brian Dretke will discuss new developments in state and federal court.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken will discuss the need and ability to leverage technology to improve the criminal justice system.


Appellate Advocacy 2015: A Continuing Legal Education Program on Appellate Ethics & Advocacy Skills

Date: Monday, December 14, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.*

Location: Pioneer Courthouse | 700 S.W. Sixth Avenue | Portland, 97204

Sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, And The Oregon State Bar Appellate Section.
Featuring Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, and Judge Susan P. Graber

* Reception to follow in the Courthouse’s Main Lobby from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2.5 hours of CLE credit pending, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit

Cost:  $75; $50 (FBA and OSB APS Members); scholarships available upon request


5th Annual Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture

5th Annual Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Cleaners, Ace Hotel, Portland


Special Guest Lecturer

David Nevin, Attorney, Boise, ID on “The Limits of Civility”

David Nevin has defended criminal cases throughout the United States for 35 years. Mr. Nevin currently serves as lead defense counsel for Khalid Shaikh Mohammad in his capital prosecution at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba arising from the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. occurring on September 11, 2001. Mr. Nevin is a Fellow, and a former Idaho State Chair, of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice at the University of Idaho College of Law, and has taught in the EPA’s National Trial Advocacy Institute.

Read more about David Nevin here.



Emcee – Honorable Michael McShane, United States District Court Judge, District of Oregon

4:30p – Reception in memory of Nancy Bergeson and a celebration of defense attorneys

5:30 – The Fifth Annual Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture – David Nevin

6:30 – Lecture adjourns – please stay for more food, talk and libations



$30 by July 13 ($35 after July 13). Includes hors d’oeuvre, beer and one CLE credit.

Scholarships available.

Click here for more information and online registration.


The Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture is sponsored by Pacific Northwest Law, LLP, the Federal Bar Association, Federal Public Defender, U.S. District Court Attorney Admissions Fund and OCDLA.

The Oregon Federal Bar Association & the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society jointly present:

An Introduction to Federal Court

 An introduction to federal practice for young lawyers, summer associates, and law clerks.

 Thursday, June 18, 2015 || 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

followed by a “Bench and Bar” social from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse

1000 S.W. Third Avenue || Portland, Oregon

$40 Private Sector || $20 Public Sector and Nonprofit || Free for FBA Student Chapter Members

Scholarships available upon request.



Lunch and Courthouse Panel: The Clerk’s Office, Probation and Pretrial Services, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service provide an overview of courthouse operations.

What is Federal Practice Really Like? Civil and criminal practitioners discuss their federal practices.

Panel Discussion with the Federal Judges: Federal judges share stories and provide valuable tips.

Courthouse and Chambers Tours: Federal judges lead tours of the courthouse and chambers.

The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society’s Famous Cases Series: Attorneys involved in well-known Oregon cases share insights and experiences.

Bench and Bar Social: Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the sixteenth floor terrace.

 Questions? Contact Nadia Dahab at dahab.nadia@gmail.com